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Special Award Winners


Audrey Archive Award

The Audrey Archive Award was a one-off award given in 2015 in memory of Audrey Duck a long standing and fondly-remembered member of the Society who died in 2013. Two grants, of £1250 each, were given.

WINNER - John Horrocks Collection

Lancashire Archives, Preston



Horrock's Brown Daisy print

Preston's Textile Pioneer

The archive contains thousands of items dating from the late 18th century to 1960s. This includes pattern books, financial records, photographs and international trade correspondence. The award will greatly improve the access to information on line.

Established in 1791 by John Horrocks in Preston, the company became one of the pioneers of the Lancashire "factory system". Within ten years Horrocks owned seven large mills and in 1816 the company, which became Horrockses, Miller and Co, also employed 7000 handloom weavers working at home. In 1887 Horrocks, Crewdson & Company was established after mergers with two other Preston based textile companies and by 1891 it was running thousands of looms and hundreds of thousands of spindles in Lancashire at a time when the county dominated the international cotton textile industry. In the 1940s the company created its iconic Horrockses Fashions brand, the first collection being launched in April 1946 to rave reviews.

The award will help pay for a qualified archivist to work on the collection to research company history, add to our online catalogue, catalogue the pattern books and photographs.

WINNER - Glasgow School of Art

Archives and Collections



Betty Jackson fashion photo

Digitisation and cataloguing of ‘The Cloth and Fraser Taylor Archive’

The collection of fabric lengths, samples, garments, drawings and promotional material was accessioned just weeks before a fire engulfed the Mackintosh Building at Glasgow School of Art, where it was located. The collection suffered damage and will undergo conservation in 2015.


Natalie Rothstein Memorial Prize

The Natalie Rothstein Silk Prize was a one-off prize given in 2013 in memory of the museum curator who died in 2010. The prize, of £1000, was funded by her surviving family. The Textile Society chose to add a commendation award.

WINNER - Dr Ben Marsh

Stirling University

One man might bring it to perfection;
Rev Ezra Stiles and the Quest for New England Silk

Ben’s paper is part of his wider project exploring largely failed attempts to grow silk throughout the Atlantic world and especially in the Americas between c.1500 and 1840. He is interested in the intersections between political economy, utopianism, textile and commodity history, migration, material culture, and environment, and is working towards a second book that brings to light many of these trials.


Bard Graduate Center, New York

Encountering Magnificence: European Silks in the Qing Court during the eighteenth century


Additional Award

This one off award was made in addition to the Museum Award. The application did not meet the criteria of the award, but was deemed to be worthy of support.

WINNER - Dr Mary Brook

York Castle Museum/ Durham University

Linked By Design

Linking designs in the Board of Trade design register at the National Archives with York Castle Museum dress and textile collection.

The Board of Trade design register, which covers the period 1839-1991, includes designs for wallpapers, carpets, shawls, lace and printed fabrics. This project will identify items in the collections at York that feature in the design register, document the link and add any additional information to museum records.